We have a crew of dedicated pie makers who gather together many times to prepare apples for pie, gather rhubarb from anywhere they can find it growing, and work hard at producing those pies and then pumpkin and cherry pies as well. Join the fellowship of creating these delicious pies and/or purchasing some for yourself or for a friend or neighbor. What a great gift! You need not be a member of this church to come and join our pie making project days.
The 6 Council Members are: JoAnn Purcell Bev Mohs (Financial Secretary) Darlene Stanford-Adams (Treas) Warren Niesche (Moderator) Sue Busta Connie Raguse (Sec.)
Council meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7pm.
United Church of Christ Congregational 1202 Westmore Avenue Wahpeton, ND 58075
Something to consider with our denomination . . .Autonomy and Mission
No one ever joins the United Church of Christ. Membership is held exclusively in one of the over five thousand local churches affiliated with our denomination. These congregations differ in history, geography, race and ethnicity, social and economic class, not to mention number of members and staff. They have only one thing in common. All are autonomous and self-governing. Not many of us keep the Constitution and Bylaws of the United Church of Christ by our bedside, unless perhaps we suffer from insomnia. Still, for all its legalese, Section 15 of Article IV, “Local Churches,” reminds us what a bold experiment in democratic decentralization the UCC really is. “The autonomy of the Local Church is inherent and modifiable only by its own action,” it declares. That utter independence extends to congregational organization, worship and education, as well as to the admission of members, disposition of church property and funds, and even the calling and dismissing of clergy.
What holds this aggregation of autonomous UCC local churches together is the same thing that keeps any single congregation from fragmenting: a covenant, or contract, freely and reverently entered into by the parties. But there is more than a pledge or a promise that binds the parts one to another. It is called Jesus’ “Great Commission” to witness, educate, and heal. While that mission applies to each member, the entire congregation of believers is its agency. Local churches may interpret God’s mission in different ways, but all of them understand that supporting it is their calling.
United Church of Christ Statement of Faith in the form of a doxology
We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify: You call the worlds into being, create persons in your own image, and set before each one the ways of life and death. You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin. You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared through prophets and apostles. In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior, you have come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself. You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races. You call us into your church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be your servants in the service of others, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil,to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory. You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in your realm which has no end. Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you. Amen.
Use of the church Weddings- THIS CHURCH SHARES GOD'S LOVE WITH ALL. ALL ARE WELCOME TO SHARE JOINED LIVES HERE.
1) No charge to members in good standing, however they are responsible for a) paying the pastor for his/her services. b) if using our organist, paying for her services at the wedding and an additional amount for rehearsals or practices with a soloist. c) Securing you own special music if that is your choice d) Any additional clergy/officiant taking part is at the discretion of the church pastor-discuss with her/him 2) If a non-member wishes to rent the facilities, they are responsible for the above and in addition a) are limited to using the sanctuary, the hallways, the restrooms, the family room, and classrooms as dressing rooms. Limited use of the kitchen facilities is permitted; for example snacks at the time of the wedding or rehearsal. The renters are responsible for cleanup. b) If the renters want more seating in addition to pews, folding chairs are to be set up and taken down 3) The fee for the building use is $200 payable in advance 4) Pay for the use of the building and pastors, organist etc, separately 5) A member of the congregation must be present during the wedding. That member will be paid $50 out of the $200 rental fee. 6) No alcohol or tobacco use is permitted on or around the premises.
Priority for use is given in the following order: 1. Church needs 2. Head Start needs 3. Personal use by members in good standing
No charge is made for these occasions. The person/family making the request is responsible for all cleanup of the facilities. This request is to be made to the chairperson of the Trustees, who will record the request on the office calendar.
Use of the Kitchen and Fellowship Hall This is generally restricted to church members in good standing; however, other requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
The United Church of Christ (Congregational) was founded as the First Congregational Church of Wahpeton, which had its beginnings in April 1881. At that time twelve people gathered to form a Protestant church on the west side of the Red River. Of the twelve, seven were Congregationalists and five were Presbyterian; thus the first Congregational church in North Dakota was founded. It is interesting to note in the listing of those twelve people there were several women; this was many years before women could vote in many other churches or political elections.
This First Congregational Church became the United Church of Christ when in 1957 on a national level there was a merger of the Congregational churches, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and the Evangelical and Reformed Church. This union had as its motto “That they may all be one.”
The local church follows its Congregational leanings, with the congregation being autonomous, while relying on the national church for teaching materials, pastoral education, and united mission support.
Our church building has many uses.
* Headstart uses our fellowship hall and some offices. The children attend 2 different sessions on Mondays-Thursdays. They keep the sounds in the building humming during the week.
* NA meets Mondays at 8pm
* AA meets on Wednesdays at 8pm
Headstart is here in the church
Headstart walls are bright and colorfully busy with learning tools.
Let the Son shine in!
The Amistad Ship The history behind the Amistad is entwined with the history of the early Congregational settlers in this country. The replica ship was housed in our sanctuary for a year after our church hosted the Northern Plains Annual Conference and it now resides in the Valley City UCC. It's a replica of a coastal vessel carrying 53 kidnapped Africans who, in 1839, had been sold into slavery. The Africans mutinied and seized the ship. They attempted to sail home to Africa but were tricked by the pilot and apprehended off the coast of Long Island. Brought to New Haven, Connecticut, they were jailed on charges of mutiny and murder. The United States courts decided, however, that they could not try the Africans on these charges as the events took place outside of the United States and on a foreign vessel. The question arose “were the Africans free men or slaves?” Many of those who took up their cause were Congregationalists, including the former President John Quincy Adams. They defended the Africans all the way to the US Supreme Court, where in 1841 their freedom was restored to them the grounds that they had never been slaves. While they were jailed in Connecticut, members of the Congregational church looked after their day-to-day needs, raising money to clothe and feed them. What is our relation to the Amistad? In 1839—the year of the Amistad Incident—many Congregationalists were “evangelical” abolitionists. The evangelical abolitionists deeply believed in the equality of the races. Unlike even the Quakers, who were also anti-slavery, they insisted on racial integration in their activities and societies.
More recently, the United Church of Christ has been a major sponsor of the building of the Freedom Schooner Amistad, which was launched in April 2000. It is a replica of the Amistad and serves as a floating classroom, its mission being to shed light on such issues as slavery, freedom, cooperation, leadership, equality and human dignity. Amistad (“friendship” in Spanish) has sailed from port to port on the Eastern seaboard teaching the story of the Amistad Incident.
Today the United Church of Christ continues to be informed and challenged by the legacy of freedom, justice, and equality bequeathed to us by those Christians—many of them Congregationalists—who worked across racial differences to fight for the freedom the Amistad captives.
The Amistad ship that is moved each year to the church currently hosting the conference annual meeting.